Life First

More lives will be lost because of a single governor’s signature

By Fr. Don Braukmann/St. Philip’s Bemidji & St. Charles, Pennington

In August, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill requiring all state insurers to provide free abortions to all (citizens or not). According to the law, Oregon insurers must provide 100 percent coverage for abortion without co-pays or deductibles. Those Medicaid beneficiaries who are covered by the state’s single nonprofit Catholic health insurance provider will have their abortion costs reimbursed by the state.

Pro-abortionists throughout the nation rejoiced. The silent scream of the child in the womb goes unheard once again.

It is expected there will be a rise in abortions in the state, especially an increase in late-term abortions which are very expensive and risky to perform. The number of sex selective abortions are bound to increase as well: pregnant with a boy but want a girl, no problem, start over. All abortions will be covered either by the insurance companies or by the taxpayers of Oregon. In short, Planned Parenthood will get its money one way or another.

The director of Planned Parenthood in Oregon applauded the new law saying “Women, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people of color, immigrants and people of faith are not going to silently stand around while politicians in Washington, D.C. try to take away our health care.”

Did you catch that one line in particular? “People of faith are not going to silently stand around ...” Christ weeps as America shows once again we are no longer a Christian nation when “people of faith” are included in a list of those praising the execution of the guiltless.

Abortion isn’t health care. If it were, why would the doctor performing abortion refuse to show the ultrasound picture used to guide the doctor’s hand as the baby is dissected in the womb? The screen is turned away from the woman so she cannot see the truth. For any other procedure from ingrown toenail surgery to open heart surgery, every possible angle of the procedure is shown and explained to the patient.

However, the deception should not come as a surprise. Abortion is a lie and a dirty little secret Planned Parenthood and others keep from women.

Abortion isn’t health care. Using and abusing women for financial gain and treating women like they can’t handle the truth is an insult to women.

The Oregon bishops released a statement following the passage of the law by the legislature: “By insisting on complete insurance coverage of abortion, including late-term and sex-selective abortions, the legislature shows itself intolerant of widely-held opposing views and will compel thousands of Oregonians to support what their conscience rejects.”

I have stated before and say again, when it comes to the issue of abortion, I do not blame women and men who seek it out. I have met them and their stories are sad and compelling. But, I blame the nation that offers the lie of abortion as an acceptable “solution” to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.

America is the only so called “super power” in the world. We send troops to defend the powerless and defeat the aggressors around the world. We have put people on the moon and are preparing to do the same with Mars. Our technology allows us to extend life, reduce pain, and fix what is broken within our bodies. Yet, America, why cannot we defend the most blameless among us?

We lie to ourselves and each other calling deliberate carnage health care. Health care is about saving lives, not destroying them. We say people have a right to their own bodies and yet there are two bodies involved in abortion. Truth is, when two human beings walk into an abortion mill, only one walks out and the cash register at Planned Parenthood hums with delight.

To justify such an outrage we twist and bend our moral compass, our conscience, to justify horrendous things and abortion, by far, is the most grievous.

Women who feel they have no “choice” but to seek an abortion deserve to know the truth about the life within them. They should be supported in any and every way possible to give birth to their child.

If they are afraid of violence being done to them because of the pregnancy, we need to be there through our laws and courts to protect them. Being pro-life does not simply mean ordering someone to have a baby they do not want. Being pro-life means being there for those in fear and confusion and assuring them of their goodness, the beauty of the life within them and that they are not alone.

From St. Mother Teresa: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”